Team

Bon Education is a Learning Design Company


Below are profiles of the Bon Education core team. In addition to these team members, Bon Education enlists a variety of content-matter experts and bilingual facilitators to design and implement education programs tailored to our clients’ needs.




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Anna Batchelder


Co-Founder & Chief Education OfficerAnna is passionate about using experiential education and technology to promote meaningful learning, cross-cultural understanding, and great ideas. She has led education program development, product development, and professional development initiatives for organizations across the Middle East, North America, and Asia. Anna regularly writes and presents on topics at the intersection of learning, mentorship, and technology. She also coaches and mentors entrepreneurs and young executives across the globe.

Anna holds an MA in International and Comparative Education from Columbia University and a BA in Economics from the College of William and Mary, with additional studies at the Columbia Business School, Oxford University, and The Coaches Training Institute. She is a mother, yogi, entrepreneur, wife, CPCC (certified professional co-active coach), and lover of travel and learning.




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Chris Batchelder


Co-Founder & Creative DirectorChristopher is a creative ideator, designer, and learning experience curator. He draws from a vast collection of diverse interests to find inspiration for his learning and education designs. He has led creative multidisciplinary teams in the UAE to develop experiential STEM programs, cyber defense and computer learning workshops, entrepreneurship trainings, hospitality trainings, online virtual learning modules, hands-­on leadership and coaching programs, and interactive courses for prison inmates, to name a few.

Christopher’s first question to ask when designing is, “What if I didn’t know ANYTHING about this topic? Where would I start? What would we create?” Christopher holds a professional certification in coaching from The Coaches Training Institute. He studied Ancient Greek Classics at Northwestern, receiving his BA from the Weinberg College of Arts and Science. He has worked and lived across the Middle East, Asia, and North America and is a dedicated, life­-long multiculturalist.




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Elizabeth Graff


Learning Experience DesignerElizabeth’s curiosity about learning and educational design first took hold while studying a Reggio Emilia-based early education program for inner-city residents of Chicago. Since that formative experience, Elizabeth has gone on to develop learning initiatives and assess educational programs for institutions ranging from Harvard University to the Chicago Children’s Museum to Sesame Street. Having spent the early part of her career teaching students with developmental differences, Elizabeth strongly believes in reducing educational barriers and designing learning experiences that are accessible to all learners.

Elizabeth holds a Master of Education in Technology, Innovation, and Education from The Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Studio Art from Carleton College.




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Michelle Hollett


Content DeveloperWith backgrounds in journalism and international education, Michelle pulls from both fields and works at their intersection to encourage learning opportunities and inter-cultural connections. In addition to reporting for a newspaper, Michelle has worked in a university study abroad office, co-led conflict resolution teacher trainings in Colombia, and co-written curriculum for various clients in the Middle East on topics including teacher and corporate professional development, distance education, and STEM. She’s also been a part of various international organizations, including UNESCO and the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies.

Michelle holds a BA dual degree in Journalism and International Affairs from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Arts degree in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Team


Team


Below are profiles of the Bon Education core team. In addition to our team members below, Bon Education enlists a variety of content-matter experts and bilingual facilitators to design and implement education programs tailored to our clients’ needs.




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Anna Batchelder


Co-Founder & Chief Education OfficerAnna is passionate about using experiential education and technology to promote meaningful learning, cross-cultural understanding, and great ideas. She has led education program development, product development, and professional development initiatives for organizations across the Middle East, North America, and Asia. Anna regularly writes and presents on topics at the intersection of learning, mentorship, and technology. She also coaches and mentors entrepreneurs and young executives across the globe.

Anna holds an MA in International and Comparative Education from Columbia University and a BA in Economics from the College of William and Mary, with additional studies at the Columbia Business School, Oxford University, and The Coaches Training Institute. She is a mother, yogi, entrepreneur, wife, CPCC (certified professional co-active coach), and lover of travel and learning.




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Chris Batchelder


Co-Founder & Creative DirectorChristopher is a creative ideator, designer, and learning experience curator. He draws from a vast collection of diverse interests to find inspiration for his learning and education designs. He has led creative multidisciplinary teams in the UAE to develop experiential STEM programs, cyber defense and computer learning workshops, entrepreneurship trainings, hospitality trainings, online virtual learning modules, hands-­on leadership and coaching programs, and interactive courses for prison inmates, to name a few.

Christopher’s first question to ask when designing is, “What if I didn’t know ANYTHING about this topic? Where would I start? What would we create?” Christopher holds a professional certification in coaching from The Coaches Training Institute. He studied Ancient Greek Classics at Northwestern, receiving his BA from the Weinberg College of Arts and Science. He has worked and lived across the Middle East, Asia, and North America and is a dedicated, life­-long multiculturalist.




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Elizabeth Graff


Content DeveloperElizabeth’s curiosity about learning and educational design first took hold while studying a Reggio Emilia-based early education program for inner-city residents of Chicago. Since that formative experience, Elizabeth has gone on to develop learning initiatives and assess educational programs for institutions ranging from Harvard University to the Chicago Children’s Museum to Sesame Street. Having spent the early part of her career teaching students with developmental differences, Elizabeth strongly believes in reducing educational barriers and designing learning experiences that are accessible to all learners.

Elizabeth holds a Master of Education in Technology, Innovation, and Education from The Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Studio Art from Carleton College.




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Michelle Hollett


Content DeveloperWith backgrounds in journalism and international education, Michelle pulls from both fields and works at their intersection to encourage learning opportunities and inter-cultural connections. In addition to reporting for a newspaper, Michelle has worked in a university study abroad office, co-led conflict resolution teacher trainings in Colombia, and co-written curriculum for various clients in the Middle East on topics including teacher and corporate professional development, distance education, and STEM. She’s also been a part of various international organizations, including UNESCO and the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies.

Michelle holds a BA dual degree in Journalism and International Affairs from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Arts degree in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University.